Nikolaj Velimirović, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Nikolaj Velimirović

Serbian bishop and saint

Date of Birth: 23-Dec-1880

Place of Birth: Lelić, Kolubara District, Serbia

Date of Death: 18-Mar-1956

Profession: writer, priest, hagiographer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About Nikolaj Velimirović

  • Nikolaj Velimirovic (Serbian Cyrillic: ??????? ???????????; 4 January 1881 [O.S.
  • 23 December 1880] – 18 March [O.S.
  • 5 March] 1956) was bishop of the eparchies of Ohrid and Žica (1920–1956) in the Serbian Orthodox Church.
  • An influential theological writer and a highly gifted orator, he was often referred to as the new Chrysostom.As a young man, he came close to dying of dysentery, and decided that he would dedicate his life to God if he survived.
  • Survive he did, and was tonsured as a monk under the name Nikolaj.
  • He was ordained into the clergy, and quickly became an important leader and spokesperson for the Serbian Orthodox Church, especially in its relations with the West.
  • When Nazi Germany occupied Yugoslavia in World War II, Velimirovic was imprisoned and eventually taken to Dachau concentration camp. After being liberated by the Allies at the end of the war, he chose not to return to Yugoslavia (which had a Communist government by that time).
  • He moved to the United States in 1946, where he remained until his death in 1956.
  • He strongly supported the unity of all Orthodox churches and established particularly good relationships with the Anglican and Episcopal Church. On 24 May 2003, he was canonized as a saint by the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church as Saint Nikolaj of Ohrid and Žica (????? ??????? ???????? ? ?????) though he is often referred to as Saint Nikolaj of Serbia (????? ??????? ??????).

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